Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
As Spring — and St. Paddy’s Day — near, I thought a post on the beautiful green Peridot might be appropriate.
One of the few gemstones that’s found in only one color, Peridot (pronounced pear a dough or pear i dot) shows up in shades of green, ranging from yellow-green and olive to brownish green. The yellow varieties are called Chrysolite; the olive green are Olivine, and the Spring Green are Peridot.
Mined in Egypt as early as 1500 B.C., Peridot, like Diamond, is found in the Earth’s mantle and brought to the surface by volcanic activity. Some Peridot crystals arrive extraterrestrially, via meteorites. Historians believe Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually peridots!
Peridot can be found on St. John’s Island in the Egyptian Red Sea, as well as Burma, Pakistan, the western U.S., China, and Vietnam.
Believed to be one of the stones in the High Priest’s breastplate (see the Book of Exodus), Peridot is traditionally worn by Catholic bishops in a ring with amethyst.
Peridot is a 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale of hardness and is the traditional birthstone for the month of August. The more iron it contains, the deeper its green hue. A popular and affordable stone in small weights, Peridot is cut into facets and used in all forms of jewelry, as well as tumbled into beads and cabochons. Typically, stones over eight carats are reserved for museum pieces.
As with a lot of other stones, Peridot contains a wealth of healing properties on the metaphysical plane. Healers claim it balances the glandular system, strengthens the digestive tract, eases the pain of childbirth, calms the nervous system, reduces fever, and improves eye health.
Ancient Romans wore Peridot rings to ward off depression. Peridot lessens jealousy and anger, enhances self-confidence, and attracts romance and financial success.
Peridot activates the Heart Chakra, helping us understand our emotions and deal with the ups and downs of relationships.
Feng Shui practitioners say Peridot should be placed in the east and southeast areas of a home or room to stimulate health, growth, and new beginnings.
Clean your Peridot with warm, soapy water. Protect it from scratches and contact with chemicals; don’t use an ultrasonic cleaner on it.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and various other sources, and likely “work” if one’s belief is strong enough!